2014 MC Record All-Area Girls Basketball Team

Guard

Joelle Ertl, senior, Holdingford

Sometimes a player’s impact on team success can be difficult to measure. That wasn’t really the case with Ertl, the Record Player of the Year. The Huskers’ point guard spearheaded a remarkable transformation from a 5-20 record a year ago to a 20-6 mark this season, earning the Central Minnesota Conference Player of the Year Award. Ertl averaged 21.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 4.3 assists per game.

 

Guard

Melanie Dorn, sophomore, Little Falls

Despite being hampered much of the season with an achilles injury, the high-energy Dorn still served as a dangerous floor leader for the Flyers throughout the winter, landing a spot on the All-Granite Ridge Conference first team. The Little Falls offense was at its best with the ball in Dorn’s hands, as she led the team with 9.2 points and 2.2 assists per game, while also averaging 2.8 rebounds and 2.7 steals a night.

 

 

Forward

Emily Fussy, senior, Royalton

Fussy not only played whatever position the injury-riddled Royals needed her to play, she thrived at all of them. Fussy’s ability to score from the perimeter and attacking the basket led her to a 15.7-point per game average and a spot on the All-Prairie Conference first team. She also pulled down 5.6 rebounds per game and averaged 2.5 steals per game defensively.

 

 

Forward

Kaelin Smieja, senior, Upsala

Smieja picked up right where she left off last season when she tied a state tournament three-point shooting record, excelling from beyond the arc in a way few players, let alone forwards, can. Smieja knocked down 50 shots from three-point range on the season en route to a 10.6 point-per game average, while also grabbing 2.9 rebounds and nearly a steal per game.

 

Center

Bridget Bednar, senior, Pierz

Bednar served as the anchor of Pierz’ powerful interior this winter, often willing the Pioneers to victory in a season-ending five-game winning streak. The first team All-Central Minnesota Conference center Bednar routinely recorded double-doubles throughout the season, nearly averaging one on the season with 14.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, along with 3.4 steals a contest.

 

Honorable mention

Sarah Gold, sophomore, Little Falls

Jordan Schuett, sophomore, Little Falls

Tiara Hopkins, senior, Pierz

Kayla Carter, junior, Pierz

Danica Hanson, junior, Swanville

Steph Koetter, junior, Swanville

Katie Rippinger, senior, Upsala

Brooke Westrich, junior, Upsala

Katlin Welinski, freshman, Upsala

Sam Maciej, senior, Holdingford

 

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